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Sep 21, 2011 11:16 AM

Looking for meals in the $12-18 range in and around the FQ...

Hey all,

Heading back to NOLA next week and have a couple good dinners planned, but, the wife and I like to eat a little cheaper when we can. Basically looking for interesting places to eat (Southern/Creole/Cajun) for around $12-18 per dish. Last time I asked this was a couple years ago and was EAT was suggested to us. It was fabulous, BTW.

What's new in and around the French Quarter? Not opposed to traveling, but we don't have a car, so the closer the better works. Just looking for interesting places that won't kill the budget! :-)

Whatcha got?


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  1. Instead of "per dish," think "per meal" and go to lunch!!! Many, many options with two/three course prix fixe or total cost in that range. Redfish Grill, Bayona, K-Paul's, Muriel's, Mr. B's. If you're here on a Friday, go to Sylvain for lunch. Then, head over to Frenchmen Street for dinner -- Adolfo's (Italian, upstairs from Apple Barrel), Three Muses (OMG! small plates, closed on Tuesdays), anywhere that looks and sounds good (big music street), only place to avoid, sadly, is Marigny Brasserie. Excellent Japanese, not sushi, at Yuki.

    Just saw your criteria. If you want good, cheap southern/creole -- lunch, again: Li'l Dizzy's on Esplanade, Two Sisters (not the Court of the) on Derbigny Street, Dooky Chase's (check the schedule).

    Most of all, enjoy!

    Marigny Brasserie
    640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Dooky Chase Restaurant
    2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Apple Barrel Bar
    609 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    Three Muses
    536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    1. Just came back from New orleans a few weeks ago and i ate ate this place called Le bayou(I think thats how it is spelled) on bourbon st and it was really good and well priced, they had a pesto shrimp dish that was delicious, had to be one of the best things i ate while i was out there.

      1. I actually just got back from NOLA a few months ago, we stayed in the Quarter and were constantly on a budget. So places that I'd definitely recommend, I know you didn't ask for breakfast/brunch, but the Camellia Grill at 540 Chartres St. is excellent, fast service, no frills, and the best waffles, sausage, bacon, and hash we've ever had (we ended up eating there 4 times during the trip).

        As for lunch/dinners, on the cheaper side I'd recommend Coop's Place on Decatur. We never managed to get there during our trip, but our local friends said it's extremely good, it also regularly had a line out the door for dinner consisting mostly of locals so I'd recommend getting there early. Other than that, I'd recommend the Mojo Lounge, also on Decatur, not the prettiest of places but we had an excellent dinner there. Finally, the Somethin' Else Cafe at 620 Conti, between the Cochon de Lait and the Boudin Balls, it's definitely a place to go for some very good food.

        Coop's Place
        1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Mojo Louge
        1140 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Camellia Grill
        540 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. Have a po boy at Johnny's in the FQ and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Napoleon House in the FQ is nice for drinks and lunch also. Stanley's is outstanding for breakfast/lunch. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. They are all in the FQ.
          Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.

          Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

          Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.

          Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.

          Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.

          Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.

          Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
          There are numerous lunch and dinner special's in NOLA. Mr. B's has a 2 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00. Domenica is a casual John Besh Italian restaurant in the Roosevelot Hotel a block from Canal Street. They have happy hour specials from 3/6 half price pizza and drinks. Dining at the bar at Domenica is fun. Luke is another John Besh restaurant in the Hilton on St. Charles. They have a 2 course express lunch for $15.00 and 3/6 Happy Hour half price drinks and 50 cent oysters. Dining at the bar at Luke is fun also. Antoine's is in the FQ and they have a prix fixe 3 course lunch for $20.00.
          Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.

          Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.

          Mimi's in the Marigny and Port O Call are fine places for inexpensive dining. The burgers at Port O Call are outstanding. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales.

          Mimi's in the Marigny @ 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 872 - 9868.
          Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.

          Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.

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          1. re: Littleman

            I'd add Verti Mart to that list. At least one night curl up in your hotel room with a bottle of wine and a takeout dinner from Verti Mart.

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